The Avengers Updates: Production Start, Hulk, Thor & More!

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The Avengers Starts Production The Avengers Updates: Production Start, Hulk, Thor & More!

Thor hits theaters in North America next week, Captain America just two months after that, the story of Iron Man 3 is in the works and The Avengers begins production today. It’s a wonderful time for Marvel fans everywhere.

Let’s talk about Joss Whedon prepping for the first day of shooting, Mark Ruffalo on the Hulk, an important scene in Thor and video game tie-ins.


The Avengers Assemble Today!

Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Thor (and more to come) and who’s heavily involved in the Marvel Studios marketing relating to the ‘Join SHIELD’ viral campaign, tweeted last week that The Avengers was going to start shooting today.

Director/writer Joss Whedon followed up with confirmation of his own with the following funny write-up he posted himself on fansite Whedonesque:

Hi Pumpkins, joss here.

Tomorrow we start shooting (I THINK I’m legally permitted to say that). Day one. That’s right. We’ll be shooting the pivotal death/betrayal/product placement/setting up the sequel/coming out scene, at the following address:

[Marvel Lawyers rush in, take Joss's keyboard, blowtorch a picture of his family like in "Stormy Monday", drink his milkshake, leave the seat up, fluff his pillows, violently unfluff his pillows, leave]

Went too far. My bad. Anyhoo, it should be a fun day, followed by the eighty thousand other fun days it will take to finish this. I’ll be checking in from time to time, if there’s news or I crave attention (i.e. am awake) . None of it will be Avengers news — I have some very denty pillows to remind of that — but I may have tidbits. (They’re not about Firefly. I should say that up front, if only to protect Sis Mo from the HATORZ.)

Some of you may be saying, Joss! Why this link, here, now, why, huh, howcum? My friend Allyx turned me on to these guys, and I’ll tell you, they’ve gotten me through this intensely pressurized, preply time. I strongly recommend checking out their other vids — I’ve watched them many many times, and I have a very special place for “Teamwork” in my heart. These guys are the guys. And IS there a better movie title than “Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses”? I thought not.

So wish me luck. DO IT! LUCK! NOW! I’m off to finish some Buffy pages, and then figure out what the movie is about already. I’m pretty sure it’s about the Justice League [Marvel Lawyers re-enter, unspeakability occurs] or possibly something else. I’ll get it. I’ve been looking forward to this. For about 46 years.



Not many directors speak like this to their fans, further reinforcing that Marvel made a good choice in choosing Joss Whedon for the big job. It’s the ultimate geek movie, so it makes sense that one of the ultimate geek writer/directors is in charge. He’s sure to bring fun times to everyone at San Diego Comic-Con in July when The Avengers take stage.


Mo-Capping A Hairy Hulk

mark ruffalo hulk The Avengers Updates: Production Start, Hulk, Thor & More!

Mark Ruffalo has taken over the role of Bruce Banner/Hulk from Edward Norton for The Avengers but he’s getting even more involved than Norton was. Ruffalo will be doing the performance capture of his big green alter ego, using motion capture tech similar to what was used in Avatar.

Ruffalo recently went in for a refitting of his Avengers costume and spoke of his excitement for the part, being a fan of the original Hulk series himself, and of the motion-capture experience.

“It’s like being back in the forest as a 7-year-old, living in my imagination and creating this other world. It’s the absolute perfect marriage because it relies on your imagination, your ability to project outside of yourself, to be the watcher and the watched. A stage actor has to be able to do that, because you’re telling the story with your body as much as your face and voice.”

“I walk in front of a monitor, and there I am as the Hulk. I raise my right arm, he raises it, but he raises it as a 250-pound right arm, with all that weight and mass.”

Earlier this month, Ruffalo spoke of rehearsals and his loss of 15 pounds for the role. He doesn’t need to be super fit and/or ripped like his superhero counterparts, but Marvel wants him lean for the role. While the CGI Hulk will put in the added size and muscle, it is very much Ruffalo’s likeness and physical details that will add definition, down to the hair on his chest:

“No one has asked me to shave my chest yet, thank God. They want this Hulk to be as close to me as possible. I’ll be playing him in motion-capture, so this Hulk will just be a bigger avatar version of me. As they’re modeling him, they’re using many of my own features, down to my scars and wrinkles. He will have body hair, but I don’t know to what extent.”

Don’t be surprised to see a Hulk with a different face and details from what we saw in The Incredible Hulk. With a new actor playing Banner, it’s not a big deal.


The Thunderous Thor Reveal

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Thor is in Australian theaters now, but it opens here in North America next weekend. When you go to see it, because we know you will, stick around after the credits. Like all of the Marvel Studios films before it, it will feature a very special post-credits bonus scene that you won’t want to miss.

Hint: It has to do with The Avengers, the bigger Marvel Universe and certainly many of the upcoming films after The Avengers (for further hints go HERE). No spoilers from us, but definitely look forward to seeing this. You’ll be happy to know that early reviews are mostly positive for the superhero epic and that its’ sitting at over 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.


Video Games!

As the Editor-in-Chief of Game Rant it is my obligation to throw in a little tidbit for the interactive side of Marvel Entertainment. As with most comic book movies there are tie-in games coming out for Thor and Captain America. They feature the voices and likeness of stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans respectively, but tell a different story than what the films are about.

The bigger news however, is that the now-Disney-owned Marvel is using the timing of their big feature films and merchandise to unveil another game, a much bigger one (literally). Last week via Twitter, Marvel announced that a new Marvel Universe MMO is on the way and that details will come this week. If you’re a World of Warcraft player looking for a Marvel superhero version of that, much like DC Comics has done with their new game, DC Universe Online, then stay tuned into Game Rant for more on this soon.


The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard.

Share your thoughts in the comments and with us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @gamerant.

The Avengers opens in theaters on May 4, 2012.

Sources: Whedonesque, Details, Advocate, Game Rant

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  1. Early reviews of Thor says it ascends the superhero genre, like what Iron Man and The Dark Knight did.

    Cannot wait for Avengers! In Whedon We Trust.

  2. This is some really good news

  3. i wonder if they’re going to go with the after cred scene of thor for the plot of avengers or whether that’ll be used for thor 2.
    avengers will be pretty good considering they cant shove 50 love interests into the movie and that it will mainly focus on the heroes teaming up against a big evil force.

    the only thing ruining marvel movies are the stupid romance garbage they have to include and the lack of action (both quality and quantity).

    • I would assume after Thor they will show a lead up to the Avengers movie. It would not be Thor 2 since Thor 2 will happen AFTER the Avengers.

      • yeah true, and right before the after cred scene it did say ‘thor will appear in the avengers’.

        • That´s what makes me think that Loki will be pulling the strings behind the scenes of the Avengers movie. Just like in the original Lee/Kirby comic books.

  4. The closer I get to seeing Thor, the more giggity (is that even a word :-) ) I get. Me and my 4 boys will be there Saturday May 7th (I may even get a sneak peak Friday night). Do they make Thor costumes in size 60? :-D

    • me too man.

  5. Sounds great. I can’t wait. Definitely looks like the right director got the job for Avengers.

  6. OK now that the movie is in production(which is a very good thing).
    I would like to address all the naysayer & ppl who just like to complain about every little thing (you know who you are). It’s time to ST*U it’s a done deal all the actor’s have been cast, the writers (should) be done with the script, the director has been picked, locations chosen. so it’s time to just get on board with it, or move past it. there is NOTHING you, I ,or anyone else can do about it, so just sit back and enjoy the ride.

    • I do have one complaint: I HAVE TO WAIT A WHOLE FRAKING YEAR TO SEE IT!! Ok, you can thrash me now. :-)

      • OK that is the one complaint i will have to live with.
        I know i went off on everyone but, that’s what happens from time to time

    • Kind of heavy handed there, but I appreciate your enthusiasm…

  7. I thought they would’ve started shooting as soon as they wrapped up filming on Thor and Captain America. Anyway, this is all great news, 2012 will be one of the greatest summers since the invention of the slip’n’slide. Good luck to all involved and Joss Whedon, you are king of the nerds, congratulations.

    • Oh man, now you’ve done it! Hollyweird is going to now make a film based on the Slip ‘n Slide!! :D

  8. “but Marvel wants him lean for the role.”

    HAHAHA! Now this is how we like it..Marvel taking over and controlling their own work. And from the look/read of the article above, they are fitting this movie exactly for who? The FANS. X-men, Spiderman, and other charcters whose rights are not owned by Marvel yet…YOU ARE NEXT!

    Good times are comin’, fanboys/girls. Good times are coming!

    • Keep dreaming.

      • Ghost, back when you were L.M. you quoted Aragorn. “There is always hope”. I’m never going to let you forget that. And the rest of us are hoping. :)

        • Touche lol.

  9. “Not many directors speak like this to their fans, further reinforcing that Marvel made a good choice in choosing Joss Whedon for the big job. It’s the ultimate geek movie, so it makes sense that one of the ultimate geek writer/directors is in charge. He’s sure to bring fun times to everyone at San Diego Comic-Con in July when The Avengers take stage.”

    HAHAHA! Oh yes, they are coming.

  10. Thor is also on release in the UK, I have seen it tis good!

  11. I hate this stupid website and everyone on it. If it was up to me Hollywood would by destroyed and movies would’ve never been invented. I hate superheroes, I hate movies, I hate this website, I hate Marvel, and I hate America. The fact that middle aged people like you guys actually still like superheroes is just said.

    • WOW, haha I hope that is a joke. Anyways, looking forward to seeing this! I am excited for Thor!

      • It’s not you no life. I’m way better then all of you. I can make movies better than this in my sleep, but I don’t feel like it. Seriously someone take this site down, it’s just sad. The Avengers were terrible in the comics, and will be worse on the big screen. Good quality movies like The Last Airbender And Vampires Suck are what we need more of from Holywood.

        • Now I KNOW you are kidding! :-)

          • OMG LOL @ C. RUIZ

            Those were awesome comments!…Do you have tourettes?

        • Please say more and I’ll give you a quarter :)

        • Haha,

          I’m 25 so I thought that was the problem for you, but after seeing your Airbender love, I see what you’re saying ;)

        • And the ban hammer has been dropped.


          • LMFAO! What a great ending.

          • Hey Vic, just in case Thor needs a break… You could be his replacement.

            “Whoever wields this ban hammer…”

            • Scapegoat,

              ROFLMAO!! :-P


            • For Vic….FOR SCREEN RANT!!!! :-)

    • The fact you come to this website just to tell us how “sad” we are is just sad itself.

      • The fact that you can’t pick up on the sarcasm is just well…..

        • I love how I can always count on the readers here to remind me why I keep taking breaks from this site.

          • lol, if opinions from fanboys offend you, you are in the wrong place

            • I can take someone’s opinions w/o getting offended, it’s just the children that shouldn’t be allowed on the Internet, and that are just trying to start sh*t (ie trolls) that get on my nerves.

              • Are you refering to my comment? Seriously? Sorry, didn’t mean it offensively.

    • We know how to spell “sad”.

  12. I just hope they upgrade Cap’s costume in Avengers.

    • To what? Spandex?

      • Yellow spandex.

    • Really, have you seen the movie? Please dont let a few seconds in a trailer justify your comment. I really dont understand some of you….

  13. Couple questions…

    Why can’t any actor stay committed to The Hulk Character for more than one movie? (Not a deal breaker for me, just curious…)

    Who is the actor and character on the far right of the picture? Is that Hawk-eye? Is that the dude from The Hurt Locker that disables all the bombs? And also, is it the same actor in the Thor movie, and is Hawk-Eye going to get his own film, or is he just a supporting-hero?

    Thanks guys, Happy Freakin’ Monday!

    • Yeah, Jeremy Renner is Hawkeye, and will be in Thor. I’ve heard that Hawekeye could get a spin-off, and wouldn’t be one bit surprised if he does. But I wouldn’t expext him to have a big role in The Avengers other than a supporting character.

      As for Hulk, that’s a good question. I liked Norton in the role, but I’m willing to give Ruffalo a chance.

      • @Ghost, yeah, Ruffalo BY FAR is THE most enthusiastic about the role. Rumor has it that his gravitas is very similar to that of Bill Bixby’s version but with more depth and character. That’s a good thing.

    • Like Ghost says, Renner has a very brief cameo appearance in Thor but has a significant supporting role in The Avengers. He’s worthy of a spin-off but it won’t happen. They want to focus on other characters and Renner is signed on to 78 other films and doesn’t have the time.

      There was talk of a SHIELD movie which would be all about the non-powered heroes like him and I think that’d be a good direction to go for him, Sam L, Cobie Smulders, Scarlet Johansson and Clark Gregg.

      As for Hulk, Eric Bana was not brought back because Marvel Studios wanted a fresh start to distance themselves from Ang Lee’s Hulk. Edward Norton couldn’t get the money he wanted from Marvel so he wouldn’t accept their offers and that’s why we have Ruffalo now.

      • Actually, Norton was keen on returning but Marvel pulled the plug on negotiations before a deal could be reached (and didn’t bother telling Norton or his agent; they had to find out through the media just like the rest of us) and decided to go with yet another actor in the role.

      • “Marvel Studios wanted a fresh start to distance themselves from Ang Lee’s Hulk.”

        And this will be the case with all of the Marvel character/team movies that Fox and Sony, etc. messed.

        • If actors “cannot” stay true to their role as Banner/Hulk, I would think it is because the movie would probably focus more on the Hulk than on Banner, causing the actor to have less screen time, since the Hulk will most likely be in CGI. I mean, what actor wants to be upstaged by a CGI character? To me that would be personal on their part, and therefore not something they would want to share openly. Just my opinion.

      • There’s actually very good chance Hawkeye will get a spin-off. Remember, Marvel is already notorious for replaceing actors, and Renner is no exception.

  14. well im a huge hulk fan and really hope they dont do us wrong and leave the leader out since he was created in the hulk film.

  15. Just fantastic news…keep it coming Rob, really appreciate your updates here!

  16. I’m really anxious to see how the motion capture technology will look for Hulk.

    • Wait a minute didn’t they use the same technology in the 2008 Hulk movie?

      • I don’t think so but the technology for it has evolved so much in a short time it’s should be nothing short of amazing.

        • Ok. In any event, this movie, in my opinion, should be good. The 2008 Hulk movie was excellent, with or without motion capture.

          • ^ What he said. Although I think that Norton was the best Bruce Banner ever, I´m curious to see Ruffalo´s take…

            • @ Scapegoat.

              Yes, I agree. Norton has been the best Bruce Banner so far. I really wanted him back as Banner in the Avengers. hopefully, Marvel makes Hulk 2, as well

  17. And WHY does Australia get to see the movie before America? I dont get it.

    • Maybe it’s a favor to them because they are the smallest continent. I don’t know. LOL

  18. Just saw Thor today (thank you UK Easter previews) Film is fantastic, the post credit scene is superb!

    • I was also meant to see it on Easter monday but just didnt have enough time now im gonna have to wait till thursday after college :(

  19. I really hate the way Marvel treated edward Norton he is what made the hulk/ Bruce Banner and now they’re recreating the Hulk in Ruffalo’s image with chest hair. I am however glad that this has finally started. I’m also confused as to why films that are made in America are always shown in other countries first

    • yes, Hulk with chest hair is just wrong. It’s like giving Superman 5 o’clock shadow.

      • Or giving Wolverine arthritis.

        • “Or giving Wolverine arthritis.”


        • Or giving Batman nipples. Oh, wait… :-)

          • Or giving Catwoman___________ . ( fill in the blank )

      • Or giving Jonah Hex some David Lee Roth-style chaps.

  20. australia gets the movie first because we rule and are taking over the world.

    • “taking over the world”? aren’t you from a continent who’s biggest threat to itself is a toad?

    • Well, Rome is small and it took over the world. You all don’t have anyone named Nero do you? :-D

  21. A quick FYI……….Critic reviews are starting to roll in on Rotten Tomatoes about Thor and it’s currently sitting at a 94% approval rating with 33 critic reviews (31 of them favorable) Not a done deal by any means but a damn good start ;)

    As a comparison Iron Man ended up with 234 reviews with 219 being favorable for the same 94% rating.

    • Hahaha Rotten Tomatoes? Why do you think I’m in Screenrant? I don’t trust RT’s “professional” reviews and I’m quite sure that most regulars here don’t either. Screenrant FTW.

      • Jonny,

        I actually think that overall RottenTomatoes is a great GENERAL gauge of whether a movie is any good. I’m a big fan of it’s consensus rating system.


        • IMO, RT is just a collection of people’s opinions on a movie (which is exactly what it is). It doesn’t make it a fact if they say a movie is “good” or “bad”. I’ll make that decision for myself.

          • I don’t think anyone based their ratings on fact and your right it is just the opinions of others, generally many others which gives the rating a little more validity and reliability.

            • Trust me, there’s people that try to use RT as the arguement to end all arguements about a movie’s quality.

              • I’ll just trust you.

              • For me, if a movie is anywhere in the range down to about 50% there’s a good chance I’ll like it. You get an RT rating down below that and I’m pretty sure I won’t. So for me, it’s a pretty good GENERAL gauge of whether I’ll like a movie or not.


                • That is pretty much exactly how I use the RT gauge Vic. :)

                  @Ghost…people’s opinions or not, it is an excellent barometer to determine if I’m going to be spending 10 bucks on it (see it on the big screen), 1 dollar on it (Redbox) or just wait till it makes it to TV.

                  And, at least for me, the general consensus has been spot on. Every time I bucked the meter and went anyways (to the theater) I regretted it.

      • I use RT but yes, SR has the final vote. Although I think I will see Thor no matter what anyone says. Kofi, if you dis Thor, I’ll meet you in the parking lot. :-D

        • I agree. Well, not about the “I´ll meet you in the parking lot”, but on decisions in general. If a movie is good or not lies in the eye of the particular viewer. For instance:

          Ghost doesn´t like Iron Man 2, but I do. Opinions differ sometimes. That´s why I don´t read reviews. Not even on Screenrant.

  22. I am just happy to have the opportunity to be apart of a time to see some of my favorite comic book character’s, jump from off the pages on to the big screen and done correctly.

    • It’s a great 2 years for us geeks. :-)


        • lol..

  23. avengers is gonna be awesome

  24. A hawkeye/black widow spinoff together could work better than as seperate stand alones IMO. Sort of a black ops/espionage movie that could also introduce other SHIELD characters

    • @Ignur Rant, yeah a S.H.I.E.L.D movie involving them and or with their own spin-offs TOGETHER would be the smarter thing to do, especially being that I don’t see ScarJo carrying a Black Widow spinoff by herself being any good except for eye candy. A S.H.I.E.L.D movie would open up a whole other universe of characters too. Almost every character is connected to S.H.I.E.L.D in some way. Ms.Marvel, Spider-Woman, MockingBird, and Photon(Monica Rambeau) are characters I can’t wait to see

    • I agree completely.

      • The spinoff possibilites for this would be endless, I absolutely cannot wait.

        • @TimothyLongbottom11, Yeah, and that’s sort of why Marvel Studios is like “Get the properties back? Hmph! We’ve got literally 1000′s of other stories and characters to delve into, in a few years when people are burnt out on X-men or Spider-Man, Sony and Fox will be begging us to take the properties back”. Hahahahahahahah!!!

          • Absolutely!

  25. I kind of like the idea about the SHIELD espionage theme but I am just trying to fit the characters together right now and I just don’t see a good film. Samuel L Jackson would have to carry the whole movie and just don’t see Black Cat, Hawkeye and Agent Whatever flowing together very well. Even though I think Scar Jo was mis-casted as black cat but that is my opinion.But there is always time to add more characters or introduce new ones, I just don’t know who they would.

    Just think of all the Easter Eggs that will be in “The Avengers” movie, which will probably have connections to later on movies. At this time, I think some of the minor super heroes will start to get mentioned or something with this movie. I know there was talks about Ant Man maybe joining the team in later movies and could be getting his own film?

    • Actually, ScarJo was cast as Black Widow. And yes, I know that I´m a smart ass. :)

      • You’re giving yourself too much credit with the “smart” part Scape. :)

        • Actually, I thought that people would focus more on the “ass-pect” of my comment, Eric… :D

          • Interesting comment from a guy who is “German without a good command of the english language”. :)

    • It might be an interesting mix of movies later on. I think Marvel is on to something in trying to fill out a Marvel Universe.

      I am only disappointed that Ant-Man is not in this. Giant-Man was the character I liked best in the Avengers and that was Hank Pym, the research scientist. On that score, I believe Marvel is making a mistake in thinking a genesis story has to come first. It doesn’t.

      But, for the record, Scarlett was a big enticement for my seeing IM2 — and I wasn’t disappointed at all. I am actually looking forward to seeing an all-out Black Widow movie.

    • What the hell? “Black Cat”? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
      So stupid (no personal offence)

  26. @Tiso. Uh, Black Cat is a Spiderman character. Black Widow is this character. I do agree that she was miscast though.

    • haha thank you, Ulik for catching that. Rather late when I wrote that. I think Keira Knightley would have fit nice into that role.

      • I disagree. Black Widow is supposed to have boobs.

        • Is that all you see when you look at Scar Jo? All you see is a beautiful face, luscious lips….hypnotic eyes…….gorgeous figure………..plump…..what were we talking about? :-P

          • About boobs. BOOBS. *BOOBS!*

            • Did he just call me a boob? HEY!

              • LOL, just joking. Hehe

    • Scarlett Johansen was a perfect cast for that part… I just think that she should have had a little hint of a Russian accent. She is beautiful, smart and funny… perfect for the Black Widow (just read the comics).

      Also @ Tiso: Keira Knightley? Seriously? Not good man, not good.

  27. Hi all! Long time no type. My computer is down and am using someone else’s for the day.

    Anyway… enough about me… I’m so exited about this movie. I do remember reading (from a reliable source – I think MTV’s news page) that the filming would have started on 1 April

    Can anyone confirm my suspicion?
    If it is so… why has the filming date been delayed about a month?

    Also very exited about Thor… gonna see it tomorrow in 3D.

    • No 3D for me, thanks. The last time I went to check out a film in 3D, it wasn’t 3D. I wasted an extra 3 bucks just to see something in a different way that wasn’t even worth it. It was more like 2D. Nothing popped out or surprised me to say…WHOOOAAA! And yes, I went into the right cinema room, too.

      • The problem is… is that in the area where I live they don’t have the movie in 2D… you have to drive 2 hours to get to a cinema where they show it in 2D… that means 2 hours to get there, 2 hours to watch it and 2 hours to drive back! 6 HOURS just to go see a movie! (that I have already seen!) NO THANKS! I’LL JUST GET IT ON BLU-RAY!

  28. Isn’t Hulk having body hair a bad idea?

    • I don’t think so. I don’t know what the issue is with body hair. Kirby used to draw him with some hair. I don’t see Hulk as a picky groomer or someone who’d take to a hot wax treatment.

      I’m hoping they overhaul Hulk and make him different than Lassiter’s Hulk especially. I know I’m in the minority there, but, whatever they do, I think fans will be pleased simply because the performance capture technology has improved. The actor will be more invested and we’ll get a better Hulk.

      • Haha, Hulk at the spa getting a pedicure, classic.

        • A Hulk-stomp with an ingrown toenail is no laughing matter.

      • I agree, Hulk with “a little” hair on his arms and or chest and legs will make him look scarier and more like a literal MONSTER which IS what he is.

    • I don´t care about a Hulk with body hair. Anybody remembers the “Death Of The Incredible Hulk” movie? Banner had a full beard, and when he transformed into the Hulk, all of a sudden the beard disappeared…
      I think some body hair would make it look real. Just like the “Norton-Hulk” had some stubbles on his face in the close ups.

      • Wait a minute, The Hulk had stubble on his face? REALLY? I have got to look at that again. Let me guess…the warehouse scene when the 3 guys were chasing banner, and he ducked into the warehouse to hide. Right?

    • YES.

  29. I don’t read what RT has to says about any film. Some films i feel like i won’t enjoy very much or at all at the theater so id wait for the dvd. Despite Cameron directing, I never saw Avatar in theaters despite great reviews about it, especially after it broke Titanic’s box office gross. I regret not seeing it in theaters cause i enjoyed it more than i thought i would. Another movie was Russel Crowe’s Robin Hood, didn’t see that in theaters, glad i didn’t cause i didn’t care for it. I only rented that film. If i don’t see a certain movie in theaters, i consider renting it on dvd atleast. I watched 15 to 20 mins of Karate Kid remake on Satelite cause i was bored, it must of been where Chan first saves that kid from the other kids & they go to that dojo & accept the sensei’s challege to a tournament. Between that time, it almost seemed few of the character’s line were almost the same as the original’s cast word for word. I noticed even had to make Chan look like Pat Morita with that goatee, whatever you wanna call it. I asked couple of my friends who went to see it in theaters about it, they said it was really no different than the original other than location, people, & of-course the kid learning kung-fu despite the title of the film.

    • Hears the way you do Rotten Tomatoes reviews. Disregard any artsy fartsy foreign muck that won an award at Sundance film festival, most _Pixar CGI kiddie films, any film about gay or womens rights and most documentaries. Those will always get good ratings despite being for a limited audience.

      The rest are fairly accurate.